Photo courtesy of: http://www.livestrong.org/Take-Action/Team-LIVESTRONG-Events/LIVESTRONG-Challenge-Series/LIVESTRONG-Challenge-Philly 

It’s that time of year again, folks! Hopefully, you have all been getting ready for the biggest LIVESTRONG event in the Philadelphia area, and for that matter on the East Coast!!!! Remember that there are 4 LIVESTRONG Challenges: San Jose, Seattle, Austin, and Philadelphia. You will notice that out of the four only ONE is on the East Coast!

Here are the official details from the official website: LIVESTRONG CHALLENGE Website

“In Philly, on August 21—22, the LIVESTRONG Challenge takes place in the Philadelphia suburb of Blue Bell on the Montgomery County Community College Campus. This year we’ve expanded our Philly event to a 2-day format. Because of the growth of the event, moving the run/walk to Saturday will allow us to welcome more participants and add an additional 10K distance and Post Event Party for our runners and walkers. On Sunday, our riders can enjoy bike rides varying from 10, 20, 45, 75 and 100 mile options. For the first time ever in Philly, enjoy both activities of the LIVESTRONG Challenge.”

 (Me Again:) I’m again looking to put in an effort for one of the two  running portions of the event.  There is a 5k and a 10k. I’m going to do the  10k, unless I can come up with a road bike and start training for the actual ride. If so, I’m going to try and do both! I’m hoping you are looking to participate to do the same and join us or  come back out for another exciting adventure in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. This is a fun day of both exercise, friendship and unity in the fight against cancer. I personally have been involved in this event every year that it has taken place and I’m amazed at how every year this particular event  gets larger and larger.  In addition, I’m hoping that afterwards, we could BBQ or and enjoy the post party events. I’m also thinking T-shirts again as we did last year. Let me know if you’re interested email me at gameoncancer@aol.com! And register here:  Philly Registration

 Also, I believe if the rumour (Yes, I know it’s the british version of rumor. I’m being fancy) is correct that Lance, himself, will be making an appearance at the event, following his conclusion of his last Tour de France.

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Sponsorship

March 14, 2010

In the last few years of fundraising for the Livestrong Challenge, we here at gameoncancer have tried a variety of different ways to raise money.  Fortunately, for gameoncancer we’ve been very successful having raised roughly $8,000.00  last year.  In the past to raise these funds, we have created survival bands, held garage sales, created jewelry, and have worked with corporations that have provided matching proceeds. This past week we’ve crossed a very important boundary as we have been approached about being the official charity for a new realty group that is emerging here in Chester County! This realty group is led by a long time friend, Chris,  and his realty partner. This Tuesday, My friend and I are sitting down to discuss the various events we can put together to raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation!

I am extremely excited by the opportunity and eagerly look forward to working with Chris and his realty partner to help good people find new homes and to help good people battle cancer! Together I think we have a real opportunity to change a great many lives!

This opportunity gives great hope for the expansion of gameoncancer to help others and continue our mission of providing worthwhile information to those who are seeking reassurance, quality information and the will to push for our lives and those we care for. I will of course post information as this possibility evolves.

On another note, it’s official that I am registered for the Broad Street Run and I am getting ready for the run. I’m hoping this will be a greate experience and I’m thrilled at the opportunity to run in support of my friend Scott and his family. More information to follow, but for now dinner calls!

New Beginnings

January 3, 2010

So Long 2009

 I have never looked forward to the end of a calendar year as much as I’m looked forward to the end of 2009.  This year has been an absolute emotional rollercoaster. Starting in January with my father’s diagnosis with an undetermined form of stage 4 cancer.  Those three months felt like an eternity. I remember vividly the commutes from Downingtown to Doylestown, to King of Prussia to Philadelphia to King of Prussia back to Downingtown. The trauma of late night researching. The emotional toll of believing unequiocally that things were going to improve and having that dream shatter like that of a pane of glass.  I remember each of the nurses, doctors, technicians, custodians: their faces, their names, their stories, the smell of each hospital and the layout of every room.  I remember the positive influences of the above mentioned people and definitely those whose care and concern were not evident. These memories where sometimes positive open the flood gates to relive the entire experience, but at the same time it has also led to the crusade that was to follow. That mission:  to eradicate cancer from the global health map and to be a constructive force in the lives of others who are undergoing this terrible and heartwrenching disease.

The acceptance of that mission is clearly evident with the creation of this blog, the Gameoncancer team and the events that we have planned and are planning. Those goals and the people that have entered my life or reemerged have meant the world to me, they have acted as my motivation, my driving force, because it has been driven home, how much impact we truly have upon one another if we choose to engage in selfless behavior.  The cancer community has been so accomodating, and open that I cherish the opportunity to become one amongst their ranks, a soldier in a war I will gladly wage. 

The year progressed into the tumultuous sale of my home, the return to Downingtown and to a gruelling schedule that has followed. I’m trying to remain upbeat and fight the demons and people that are trying to hold me back. I believe a great mental obstacle has been hurdled simply by the calendar changing and that great crystal ball falling signifying the end of 2009.

Better things have to begin and I’m going to do my best to make them happen, because I believe that no matter how bad things will get, I must not give in. I believe Winston Churchill, the former prime minister of Great Britain,  put it best, ” Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never in nothing, great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.”

I hope that you all had a wonderful, happy and safe New Year.

 

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This is a great video about Mark Herzlich – Linebacker for Boston College and the relationship he devloped from an inspirational source! Plus, I figured my absence over the last few days means I should post some extra things for you all to see! After you watch this particular video, there are some messages from Lance Armstrong, Jon Lester, and Butch Davis.  I would also check those out, they are touching as well.

Charles Caleb Colton, the English cleric, and writer coined the quote, that
“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”  Most people take this quote to mean that you should not be offended by the fact that  someone wishes to copy your style, or your clothes. You should marvel at the fact that others wish to follow your lead. It’s simply because  you are a trailblazer, an original, a one of a kind.

I tend to agree with this idea and therefore, I am highly flattered that the fine folks at Urban Outfitters have decided to carry a band/bracelet that is the exact model and replica of the surival bands we have been selling here at Gameoncancer!!!!

 This is the band that may be found in Urban Outfitters stores and in fact here’s the link to their website:  Urban Outfitters Survival Band 

Please notice the fact that they are selling their bands for a whopping $12.00.  While we have been selling ours here for $10.00 and for awhile have actually been selling them for $5.00! The best part about what we do is that the money we raise goes to two things:

 1.) To pay for the supplies to create the bands

2.) To provide funds that go directly to the  Lance Armstrong Foundation.

What can be better than buying a “Haute Couture” band and providing money to a wonderful cause?

Currently, I have sold  over 300 of these bands to people in mulitiple countries, and multiple states.  Here is the link to the post about these bands on this very blog: 

 https://gameoncancer.wordpress.com/2009/04/20/hello-world/ 

If you’re interested in purchasing a band, please send me an email to gameoncancer@aol.com  of the color you are interested in and an approximation on your wrist size and I will gladly make them for you, and mail them to your destination.

On that vein, I’ve been amazed recently how these bands have been emerging in various locations. I have spotted them in different cities, at sporting events in Philadelphia and just out and about. If you currently have a gameoncancer survival band, and travel somewhere interesting, please take a photo of yourself and the band at a destination and email the picture back to me.

I’ve got to think of a way of how I can show you where these bands currently are located throughout the country and world.  Does anyone know of a map or a program that would allow me to modify the map? Just a thought. Thank you for your help and I look forward to making more of these bands to commemorate the fight against cancer!

What’s Next?

August 28, 2009

Now that the Livestrong Challenge Philadelphia has come and gone, the big question remains…. What’s next? 

It seems that since my father’s passing in March, that everything has been geared towards that particularly moment. And now that it has occurred  that we should be finished, but this would demean everything that we have worked for.  I believe that there is still work to be done, maybe not as much for my father, but for others and more importantly  in the spirit of my father. 

What does that mean in the spirit of my father? Well let me give you some insight into the life of my dad. I was fortunate to grow up in a loving home with a stable family.  It was compromised of my mother, Nancy, my father William (Bill), my brother John and me. This isn’t to say that our home was all sunshine and happiness all the time, but that it’s foundation has always been tempered by the greatest materials.  I’ve learned so many great things from my family and a great many of them came from my father.  Of all of  the lessons I’ve learned, I always loved my dad’s unselfish character.  He believed that if you had the ability to help someone it was your responsibility to help them.  More than that, it was simply the right thing to do.

As I grew up, I watched my dad carefully, because he was my hero, my idol, everything I hoped that one day I would embody.   What I witnessed was that were acts of great kindness to total strangers. He gave of himself constantly and in all ways, whether it be, money, clothes, food, a helping hand.  He was always the friendly face to help someone on the side of the road, to bring families (families we didn’t even know) back to our home during holidays to celebrate, because either they had broken down on the side of the road or he had learned that they didn’t have anyone to celebrate with. He did more for his family, but I always was amazed at how giving he was. It is in this vein that I want to continue the fight for my father, because I feel it is my responsibility to fight on to help others, but more importantly it is the right thing to do. My father would expect no less of me and I will not disappoint his memory or my own expectations of myself.

Therefore, to answer the question: What’s Next?  Here is the beginning of my mission statement.  I’m a teacher what do you want from me, I need checklists it makes me feel better:

So with Mission Impossible music playing in the background and I’m talking Peter Graves Mission Impossible not Tom Cruise Mission Impossible… Here’s my mission and I choose to accept it:

1. I will continue to raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, I will continue to make strides in cancer awareness, research and aid any all comers that I may through my time or the resources that I find.

2.  I want to continue to organize events to bring people together and raise funds hopefully, in the near future to cross the 10,000.00 mark by October 1st, which means there is very little time left. Also, every year after that I want to increase that amount.

 3.  I want to continue the communication that has begun with some of the people I have met through this site and others, so that we can continue our conversations about cancer,  their personal stories and my own so that our loved ones may live on in our hearts and in our memories. I want to accomplish this because I feel the less you speak of these great people the harder it is to remember their likeness.  However, the more you speak of them, the more “alive” they are, the more you feel that they are with you.

 4. I will continue to challenge myself in running as I have already accepted the challenge to run the Broad Street Run in Philadelphia on May 2, 2010. I have never run a 10 mile race and this will be a huge feat, but I will do the race in support of my friend Scott and his family who have recently been afflicted by the demonic C.  I would love to start a Gameoncancer team for the Broad Street Run! Think about it we have plenty of time to prepare! Broad Street Run Website

5. I will live out everyday in a manner that is fitting to my father’s spirit that supports others and uses every ounce of energy I have.  

I believe that if I can do all of this that I will make a difference in the cancer community, find some continued solace for myself and meet a great deal of people. So here’s my question for you… Who’s with me!? (This is where you start to think of Jerry Maguire) Maybe, I should have made this a Tom Cruise -subliminal post…?